Man sentenced for aggravated assault
A city man who admitted choking an infant and beating the child’s mother before escaping police custody was sentenced Monday to serve up to seven years in prison.
Derek V. Reich, 30, was sentenced to serve three to seven years in prison after pleading guilty in February to charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and escape. Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. imposed the sentence Monday, giving Reich credit for 484 days time served.
According to prosecutors, Reich choked a 6-month-old baby in a Barney Street apartment in December 2016, then punched and kicked the child’s mother when she intervened.
The woman grabbed her children, fled to a nearby convenience store and called 911 after Reich passed out in a bed, prosecutors said. After police arrested Reich, he jumped out of a police car and ran away, according to prosecutors.
He was captured about two weeks later.